Since switching over to working as an academic librarian at a community college, there’s a lot of focus on information literacy. It got me thinking, as a parent who has struggled to navigate parenting information, about ways that we can make that accessible to parents. For instance, while I was a children’s librarian, I felt it was important to address the vaccine issue by hosting a panel of health experts and discussing it with parents from an information/health literacy perspective. I made these two comics that cover some basic information literacy concepts. Hopefully, they are useful to your patrons, especially as people are navigating COVID-19 information. To read Michael Caufield’s ebook, click here. Lisa Nowlain is an artist and librarian. After working as a youth librarian at Darien Library and Nevada County Community Library, she now works at Sierra College as part-time faculty in the library.
It’s almost time for awards season! Did you run a mock election? If so, it’s time to post your results. Head over to the Mock Elections page. Lisa Nowlain is an artist and librarian in Nevada City, CA.
*see this post **see this example or this example to get the brain juice going You can contact me through my website, http://lisanowlain.com/. Lisa Nowlain is currently about to start at a community college library, but has worked as a Youth Librarian in Nevada County (CA), Darien Library, and in Oakland. See her artwork at lisanowlain.com
My last day here at Nevada County is Friday. I couldn’t get them to give me a part-time position (even temporarily), and the inflexibility has been really tough on me as a new parent- and there was some other issues with a promotion I was supposed to get. Either way, my partner works full-time and we can afford to work a little less, so I’m looking for another job. Because I live in a rural county, I’m assuming that I don’t have other options for youth librarianship. I’ve been thinking a lot about the validation I’m getting for this decision, all of which is coming from a place of patrons supporting me, but I think speaks to a cultural issue we have in the US around women at work. In a position so dominated by people who identify as women, I think there is value in us thinking about what…
As a new parent and a children’s librarian, I’m often wondering what are some ways we can support vulnerable families (and people). It feels like cognitive dissonance to read the news and then be in my happy Children’s Room, or home with my baby (obviously, I know this is important, too). Lisa Nowlain is a librarian in rural California.
To watch the lecture, click here. For analysis by Indigo’s Bookshelf, click here. For analysis by Nina Lindsay on Reading While White, click here. Lisa Nowlain is a youth librarian in the Nevada County Community Library. She is also an artist type that never updates her website.
The new Scholastic Kids and Family Reading Report was released last month, and it has some interesting statistics in it. For instance: “Three critical measures of a school-aged child’s (ages 6–17) relationship with reading have remained fairly steady since 2010. In the seventh edition of the Kids & Family Reading Report: -Fifty-eight percent say they love or like reading books for fun. -Fifty-two percent agree reading books for fun is extremely or very important. -Thirty-one percent read books for fun 5–7 days a week (known as frequent readers); 41% of kids read for fun 1–4 days a week (known as moderately frequent readers); 28% of kids read for fun less than 1 day a week (known as infrequent readers).” “In the past two years, both kids and parents are less likely to say that when picking a children’s book to read for fun, the type of book doesn’t matter, it…
I’ve been back from parental leave full-time for 1.5 months. Here’s a comic about my bad attitude! *data from this interesting opinion piece! Lisa Nowlain is a youth librarian and artist-type.